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New Yost 6.5" vise

John Conroy

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Premium Member
I ordered this vise on Amazon.ca on December 24, they promised delivery between January 4-7. Well it arrived on December 29! Canada Post did themselves proud this time, delivering a 60 lb box a week ahead of schedule.

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This vise has a cool feature, the movable jaw can be installed from either side of the fixed jaw to give 1 side opening from 0-7 inches and the other side from 3-12 inches. It is massive compared to my old 5" bench vise but is still considered by Yost to be a medium duty vise. I never use my vise as an anvil so it should last forever.

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Very high quality castings, made in the USA, fit and finish is very nice. The jaw plates are reversible, serrated and grippy on one side and smooth on the other.

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I'm pretty pleased with it!
 

John Conroy

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Premium Member
I wanted a set of soft aluminum grooved jaws for this vise but they are $150 from Yost so I made my own from a 1/2" by 1.5" bar of 6061 I had laying around.

I machined all the face grooves with a 3/8" carbide 45 degree pointed end mill, .160" deep.

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I drilled holes for the 5/16" fasteners and counter sunk them with a 5/8' end mill.

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After each jaw was machined I mounted them in the vise face to face and reduced the height to 1.25" and machined the finished length to 6.5". I beveled the outside edges with the same 45 degree end mill.

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Perfect for holding round bar stock with no marring of the finished surfaces.

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